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Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
KMC Wards 134, 135, 136[1]
Parliamentary constituency Diamond Harbour
Assembly constituency Metiaburuz
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area code(s) +91 33

Metiabruz is a locality in Garden Reach neighbourhood of Kolkata[2] the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.It is situated on the southern fringe of Kolkata.[3]It is located at the east side of Bartala and Rajabagan and at the west side of Sicklane, BNR Colony and Kidderpore


Metiabruz has a rich history. The Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah, took refuge here when he was ousted by the British from his throne, and attempted to build a replica of his palace in Matiaburj.[4] It is sometimes called the 'Second Lucknow'.[5] The Imambara he created stands at the centre of Matiaburj.


The area is connected with central Kolkata by road, through the Circular Garden Reach Rd, a 40 min drive. This road ends at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Borough Committee 15 office. And from here its name changes to Wajid Ali Shah road which goes to the Metiaburj Police Station and from here it divides into the S. A. Farooqui Road and the Wajid Ali Shah Road, the main arterial roads of the place. The well-known Botanical Gardens of Shibpur are located just across the Hooghly river. Another local district, Howrah, is well connected with Matiaburj through a frequent ferry and boat service.


Matiaburj is a key industrial location, with the Southern Thermal Power Station (coal) and a water pumping station that supplies water to major parts of the city. It also has a shipyard, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, founded in 1884, that is engaged in making warships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard, and is home to one of the largest textile manufacturers in India.[citation needed]. The area is largest producer of non branded garments in India. The haat bazaar (weekly market) here is the largest in India.[citation needed] Another key area of employment in the city are brick-kilns, which generally employ daily wage workers. Matiaburj is also famous for being the largest kite manufacturer in the world.[citation needed]

Population and Linguistics[edit]

The population of Metiabruz consists mainly of Muslim (75%).[citation needed] The main spoken languages include Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. It is home to a large number of unskilled labourers that settled here from rural areas in West Bengal and Bihar, who are employed on a daily wage; this includes construction workers, cleaners, plumbers, and painters.[citation needed]


Education in Metiabruz does not feature highly on the local government agenda[citation needed] although Metiabruz recently got a college named 'Metiabruz College' under Calcutta University but only for Arts and the subjects offered Are Urdu, English, Hindi, History, Political Science and Education and Honours only in Political science and Urdu.However, off late interest in education is rising among the middle class Muslim population. Numerous privately owned schools (English Medium)and Government aided schools have come up.

Pollution and Sanitation[edit]

Due to the huge concentration of population, sanitation is a big problem and it has always remained an issue among political parties during election."Katcha Toilets" are still found in some areas. Broken drains and nallas create a messy condition during rainy season.


  1. ^ Kolkata Municipal Corporation censusindia.gov.in
  2. ^ THE STATELY PLEASURE DOME www.telegraphindia.com | Thursday , July 14 , 2011 "Metiabruz, a desolate tract of land near the ports at Garden Reach"
  3. ^ Kolkata: Major fire in garment godown at Metiabruz NDTV.COM | Press Trust of India | Dec 24, 2013
  4. ^ Understanding the Kolkata Biryani Shayonpal.com | Mar 13th, 2013
  5. ^ Nabab Wajid Ali Shah: The Legacy Lives on Kolkataonwheels

See also[edit]

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Times of India
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:32:49 -0800

Kolkata: The recent clamour for a pre-poll understanding between CPM and Congress is not going to bring anti-Trinamool forces to power in Bengal. Trinamool is way ahead by sheer arithmetic though polls are all about chemistry. Political parties had a ...
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:07:30 -0800

Trinamool's Abhishek Banerjee's leads fall way below the 10,000 vote mark in five assembly constituencies, Metiabruz being the worst.Congress is a threat to Trinamool in Satgachia assembly seat. And in Bankura, a similar script unfolds in Raghunathpur ...


Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:59:49 -0800

Bhubaneswar, Nov 20: Ramachandran Subhash, the main accused in the Puri serial train fire incident who was brought to the capital city on a six-day remand Friday, has reportedly confessed to being a part of a gang based at Metiabruz in Kolkata and that ...

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Times of India
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:00:00 -0800

Overcoming hurdles is nothing new for this girl from Metiabruz. After finishing her higher secondary from a local school, Suraiya enrolled into an Honours course in Chemistry in a college in central Kolkata for which she had to travel for almost two ...
Times of India
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:22:30 -0800

Kolkata: A few months after a suspected ISI agent was nabbed with photographs of the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), renovation worker Noor Islam was arrested by Kolkata Police on Monday for taking videos of portions of the Eastern ...
Times of India
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:37:31 -0800

Some of the areas where police have identified the construction of illegal buildings are Narkeldanga, Manicktala, Tiljala, Park Circus, Kasba, Burrabazar, Garden Reach and Metiabruz. According to estimates, the city has nearly 1,200 unauthorized ...
Hindu Business Line
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 03:15:00 -0800

Kolkata-based OCC, which was born in 1932 as “Muslim Chamber of Commerce”, said city and surrounding areas such as Garden Reach, Metiabruz, Santoshpur, Akra and Budge Budge lacked adequate social and physical infrastructure. All these areas ...
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:56:15 -0800

Kolkata: A major fire broke out at a garment godown in a building at Metiabruz, an area in the southern fringe of the city, today. Fifteen fire tenders have been pushed into service after the fire was reported at the godown at 6.05 AM, fire service ...

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